Throughout the Hoover Institution’s history, fellows have led in the public-policy arena to address the most significant issues of our time in an increasingly technological world, such as job loss, cybersecurity, America’s role in the world, and the principles of the free market. Broadcast media remains a strong platform for Hoover scholars to reach to the American people. Over the years, Hoover scholars have worked with directors, animators, and education-focused organizations such as PBS to create unique documentaries and engaging educational videos to reach audiences in their homes. An array of video programs allows Hoover fellows to maintain a commanding presence in the marketplace of ideas. By working with leading video-production teams, Hoover scholars bring their research to bear on complex issues of today.
Recent video productions in collaboration with Hoover fellows include:
CyberWork and the American Dream
This documentary looks at the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on the future of work. Since the Industrial Revolution, new technology has increased wealth, freedom, and life expectancy. But it has also destroyed outdated businesses and automated jobs. How can the United States best prepare for the challenges of this new technological disruption?
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The Price of Peace
How do we prevent war? How do we maintain peace? These questions have been posed by nations and people throughout history. The insights of historian and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson guide this documentary investigation of the United States’ successful deterrence of enemy aggression in the past and the efforts to sustain it in an era of rogue nations and nuclear proliferation.
What is our national character as Americans—and has it been lost? The idea behind American Creed is to determine whether the United States has a “national character,” what defines it, and how it changes over time. For example, what does it mean to be a citizen, how do economic booms and busts shape our national character, and what happens to our creed when social mobility declines along with trust in American institutions? The project was inspired by Hoover Institution senior fellow and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning Stanford University historian David Kennedy.
It’s a Wonderful Loaf
It's a Wonderful Loaf is an ode to the hidden harmony that is all around us—the seeming magical ways that we anticipate and meet the needs of each other without anyone being in charge. It is a beautiful animated video that explains the economic concept of the invisible hand as told by Hoover research fellow Russ Roberts.
American Umpire explores how the United States became the leader of security for the world after the end of World War II. Through a series of outstanding interviews with prominent policy makers, scholars, military leaders, and journalists, it explores possible policy options for the future. American Umpire offers a balanced view and is an alternative to partisan hyperbole of the 24-hour news cycles and social media that paints foreign policy choices in black and white, as either irresponsible isolationism or war-mongering engagement.
Hoover’s online platform hosts videos and other educational content to equip Americans with an analytical perspective about public-policy issues. Based on the research of Hoover Institution scholars, the site offers solutions to today’s challenges in economics, health care, national security, civics, and the environment.
For more than two decades the Hoover Institution has been producing Uncommon Knowledge, a series hosted by Hoover fellow Peter Robinson as an outlet for political leaders, scholars, journalists, and today’s big thinkers to share their views with the world. Guests have included a host of famous figures, including Thomas Sowell, Henry Kissinger, Milton Friedman, President George W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, and George Gilder, along with Hoover fellows such as Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz.